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Men's Basketball Hosts Marist in Home Opener on Wednesday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  11/12/2013

Saint Joseph's (1-0) will host Marist (0-2) in the home opener for the 2013-14 men's basketball season on Wednesday, November 13 at Hagan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.

Video streaming, in high definition, will be offered free of charge for this game via SJUHawks.com and the A-10 Digital Network. WATCH

The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Radio 610 AM (WIP) with Matt Martucci and Joe Lunardi calling the action, with free audio streaming available on SJUHawks.com. LISTEN

GAME NOTES

• Saint Joseph’s won its eighth season opener in nine years with the 74-64 win at Vermont on Saturday night. Langston Galloway and Ronald Roberts, Jr., led the way with 21 points apiece.

• The Hawks are 3-1 in home openers in the last four years. This marks the fifth year of Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena after the extensive renovation of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Since then, the Hawks have gone 33-20 in the building.

• Ronald Roberts, Jr. needs 42 points to reach 1,000 points in his career. He would become the 51st Hawk to accomplish the feat.

• The Hawks will take on fellow Jesuit school Creighton on Saturday, November 16, in a game that will be televised on SportsNet NY and The Comcast Network. After Saturday, SJU gets a long break, not returning to action until Thanksgiving in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

LAST TIME OUT: Langston Galloway and Ronald Roberts, Jr., scored 21 points apiece to lead Saint Joseph's to a 74-64 win at Vermont in the season opener for both teams, while freshman DeAndre’ Bembry scored 11 points in his collegiate debut. The Hawks shot a blistering 65 percent from the field in the first half, but cooled off in the second as Vermont cut a 17-point deficit to just three points at the 10-minute mark of the second. But SJU’s seniors – Galloway, Roberts, Daryus Quarles and Halil Kanacevic - pulled the Hawks through as the classmates scored all of the points in a 10-1 run to give them a more comfortable 64-53 lead with 4:21 to play. Roberts, who shot 8-for-13 from the field, added nine rebounds while Kanacevic had seven as the Hawks outrebounded the Catamounts, 41-28.

HOT AND COLD: Saint Joseph’s got its season off to a good start shooting a blistering 65.4 percent from the field in the first half at Vermont. The Hawks cooled off considerably in second half, converting just 26.9 percent (7-of-26) as Vermont came close to erasing a 17-point deficit. But SJU held on, helped by a 17-for-24 effort from the foul line in the second half.

CLOSING IN: Ronald Roberts, Jr. needs 42 points to reach 1,000 for his career and become the 51st Hawk to do so. The senior also has 632 rebounds in his career.

LONG DISTANCE CALL: Langston Galloway is looking to regain his long-range shooting touch from his sophomore year, when he led the A-10 in three-point percentage and ranked fourth in the nation with 46.6 percent. The senior got off to a good start in the opener, hitting 3-of-4 threes in the first half, and finished the game with 21 points.

MOVING ON UP: Langston Galloway has 238 career three-pointers, which ranks third on the Hawks’ all-time list, and he needs seven to surpass Darrin Govens (2006-10) for second place (44). SJU’s career leader is Pat Carroll (2001-05), who connected on 294.

FROM THE START: Freshman DeAndre´ Bembry made his collegiate debut in the starting lineup and scored 11 points at Vermont, including the first six points of the Hawks’ season. Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Bembry averaged 21 points as a senior at The Patrick School (N.J.) and earned All-State honors. He becomes the first freshman in the starting lineup on opening day since 2010-11 when the trio of Langston Galloway, Daryus Quarles and C.J. Aiken each started their first collegiate game. 

OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore Isaiah Miles gave the Hawks solid play off the bench at Vermont, seeing a career-best 19 minutes of action and posting six points and a team-high two blocks.

VETERAN GROUP: Hawks return four players who held starting roles last season - Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts, Jr., Chris Wilson and Halil Kanacevic - along with another senior - Daryus Quarles - who has started 67 games in his career. Galloway and Roberts are the only two players to have started all 32 games for the team. Galloway is the team’s leading returning scorer after notching 13.8 ppg last season while Roberts topped the team in rebounding with 8.3 per game. Wilson made 23 starts and led the team in assists with 112 and 3.5 per game while averaging 6.5 points. Kanacevic, who played in 26 games with 14 starts, averaged 8.5 points and 7.2 rebounds and also handed out 3.5 assists. Quarles was a starter his first two seasons aw action in 29 games last year, mostly in a reserve role.

A LOOK BACK: Last year’s squad went 18-14 and earned an NIT bid, which was the second consecutive and the 11th postseason berth under Phil Martelli in his 18 years. From that team, the Hawks are without Carl Jones, who ended his career as the third leading scorer in school history with 1,845 points, and C.J. Aiken, who left SJU after his junior year to pursue a professional basketball career. He finished his career as the second all-time leading shot blocker in SJU history with 319.

VIVA ITALIA: Saint Joseph’s got a jump on the season when it traveled to Italy in August for a 10-day, four-game tour. The Hawks visited Rome, Florence, Venice and Lake Como and posted a 4-0 record on the trip. It marked the second time that Phil Martelli took SJU to Italy, with the last trip coming in 1999.

DEAN OF COACHES: This is Phil Martelli’s 19th season at the helm of the Hawks, and he is SJU’s all-time leader in career victories with a 339-237 record. He is the longest tenured coach in the Atlantic 10 (19 years) and is now second on the conference’s list for all-time career victories (339), behind John Chaney of Temple (516). Martelli is currently serving as the president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

GOING TO DISNEY WORLD: The Hawks will participate in the 2013 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. (Nov. 28, 29 & Dec. 1). Saint Joseph’s will open play in the tournament against LSU on Thanksgiving night at 8:30 p.m. The Hawks will meet either Memphis or Siena in the second game on Nov. 29, with the tournament wrapping up on December 1. Butler, Oklahoma State, Purdue, and Washington State round out the field. 

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